The OSI Group is one of the world’s top food processing companies. Sheldon Lavin the company’s CEO, is responsible for its growth from a small meat processing company that primarily served restaurants and supermarkets in Illinois and provided meat for the growing McDonald’s chain into a food processing giant. Under Lavin’s guidance the company had undertaken an ambitious, aggressive expansion plan. In the U.S. they built, acquired or created partnerships for food processing facilities all over the country including Amick Farms. This enabled the company to increase production capacity significantly.
Lavin also led the company to massive international growth. The OSI Group built 10 food processing plants in China and others in Japan and India. They also built and acquired facilities in Australia, Mexico and Brazil. Sheldon Lavin also enacted a plan to increase the company’s presence in Europe. They built then enlarged a meat processing facility in Toledo, Spain, built facilities in Hungary and Poland and acquired UK based Flagship Europe and Baho Foods which has facilities in the Netherlands and Germany. This gave the company a presence in dozens of European countries.
Under the guidance of Sheldon Lavin the OSI Group also developed a reputation for instituting forward thinking environment sustainability systems and worker safety policies. Lavin also helped the company become known for creating delicious, nutritious products aimed a satisfying the unique dietary preferences of people from different cultures. The OSI Group also has lucrative, mutually-beneficial agreements with a vast array of international governments and producers. In all they have more than 70 food production facilities located in 17 countries and customers in 85 countries.
Many people would be surprised to learn that Sheldon Lavin studied accounting and finance in college and was a banker and active investor for many years before turning his attention to the OSI Group almost 50 years ago. Since taking over the OSI Group, Lavin has proven to be an innovative, visionary chief executive. Many of the thoughtful production processes, policies and systems he put in place were ahead of their time. He enacted ‘green’ policies long before most other companies. In recognition of his work building the OSI Group into a world leader, the Vision Institute gave him their Global Visionary award.
The award is a fitting tribute to a business executive who has spent decades building a very successful company and positively impacting the food processing industry around the world.